Ralph Edison Bentley

Ralph Bentley 4Ralph Edison Bentley
, 88, of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away on Thursday (February 4, 2016) at 3:10am at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Ralph’s service will be held on Monday, February 8, 2016, at 10am at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Military rites will be conducted by the Bloomington/Normal American Legion Honor Gaurd following the services at the funeral home. Interment will take place at the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be on Sunday, February 7, 2016, from 1–4pm at the memorial home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Central Illinois.


Ralph was born on July 21, 1927, in Pontiac, Illinois the son of Ralph and Aldine Bellar Bentley Sr.

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He is survived by his children; Ralph E. (Mary) Bentley III of Portland Oregon, John E. Bentley of Charlotte, North Carolina, James S. Bentley of Normal, Peggy L. Bentley of Bloomington, Mark A. Bentley of Normal, David T. (Tara) Bentley of Bloomington and their mother Rhoda Scott Ring, Bill E. Bentley of Bloomington, Richard W. Bentley of Normal and their mother Ethel M. Bentley, step children; Tammy Thomas of Normal and Dawn Fleming of Normal. Also surviving are his grandchildren; Deirdre, Rafe and Jacob Bentley, Jessica (Tim) Cavallo, Marissa (Steve) Uselton, Devyn Bentley, Michael and Jolene Thomas and Richard B. Fleming Jr., great grandchildren; Samara Childs, Dominic Cavallo, Kristina Snow, Cullen, Avery and Cassady Fleming.


He is preceded in death by; his parents, 2 infant sons, 1 brother and 1 sister.

Ralph was a graduate of Pontiac High School. After graduating high school he joined the US Navy and served on the LST 1141 as a Third Class Petty Officer during WWII. After his service with the Navy he returned to Pontiac and started work at the Ford Garage. While there they sent him to school and he received his certificate as a Master Mechanic, and he also attended Bradley University. In 1956 he worked for General Electric and owned Mr. Softee Ice Cream on West Locust Street along with having two Ice Cream Trucks. He was also the original partner with Twin City Hydromatic. In 1964 he opened up Public Auto Exchange which is known today as Bentley Motors, along with owning many other pre owned car lots. He was a true entrepreneur owning multiple businesses through out his life.

Ralph was a past member of Downs United Methodist Church. He is an avid gun collector and was a Marksman Sharp Shooter. He always had a passion for the Automobile Industry and enjoyed his automobile collection.

Ralph will be dearly missed by all of his family and friends.

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Lois Maurine Davis

Lois DavisLois Maurine Davis, 84 of Bloomington died at 9:05 PM on Wednesday February 3, 2016 at Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care in Bloomington.

There will be no service. Cremation rites have been accorded. Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling arrangements.

Lois was born October 25, 1931 in Downs to Russell Raymond and Inis Pearl Scott Romine. They preceded her in death. She is also preceded in death by four sisters Patricia, Marilyn, Madalyn, and Darlene and one brother Lynn.

She is survived by two sons, Dennis (Janet) Davis of Normal and Ralph (Virginia) Davis of Bloomington, two grandsons, Jason (Rachel) Davis and Matthew Davis and two great-grandchildren, Austin and Madison Davis as well as nine siblings, Scott (Mary) Romine of Downs, Owen (Patricia) Romine of Stanford, Ronald Raymond Romine of Bloomington, Nadine Weber of Bloomington, Barbara Layten of Downs, Kay (Patricia) Romine of Missouri, Linda (Bill) Bourette of Bloomington, Janet (Donald) Wagner of Peoria and Janiece (Dean) Stanger of Downs.

Lois worked many years at both Eureka Williams Company in assembly and State Farm Insurance as a Key Punch Operator. She also volunteered her time at both PATH and OSF St. Joseph.

She was a member of United Methodist Church in Downs, the Moose Lodge in Bloomington and the “Lois Club”, a club of woman with the name of Lois.

Memorial contributions may be made to her family.


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Dorothy Loraine Frantz,

Dorothy FrantzDorothy Loraine Frantz, 93 of Crawfordsville, IN formerly of Shirley, died at 9:03 PM on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at Franciscan St. Elizabeth East Health in Lafayette, IN.

There will be a funeral service for Dorothy on Monday February 1, 2016 at 11 AM at McLean United Methodist Church in McLean. There will be a visitation Sunday January 31, 2016 from 2 PM to 4 PM at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington. Pastor Mindy Huffman will officiate. Interment will be in Oakview Cemetery in Armington.Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling arrangements.

Dorothy was born on August 17, 1922 in Delavan, IL to Julius O. and M. Ethel Bright Zeitler. She married James H. Frantz on April 26, 1942 in Atlanta. He preceded her in death on April 9, 1987 in Rockville, IN. She was also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Burton, Orval, Donald, and Lawrence Zeitler and one sister Lucille Berkley.

She is survived by four children, James W. (Katherine) Frantz of St. Anne, IL, Mary K. Lamonica of Bellevue, WA, Keith E. (Lorra) Frantz of Towanda and Jane E. (Tim) Brown of Crawfordsville, IN as well as fourteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Dorothy and her husband farmed in McLean County for forty years. She also worked as a bookkeeper for McLean County Highway Department for over twenty years retiring in 1986. She enjoyed playing all kinds of card games, including Euchre, Pinochle, Cribbage and Bridge. She was also a talented seamstress and enjoyed knitting, sewing, Cross Stitch and Crocheting. She was a family oriented person.

Dorothy was a member of McLean United Methodist Church where memorial contributions may be made in her name.

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Ronald A. “Ron” Davison

Ronald Davison obitRonald A. “Ron” Davison, 63 of Bloomington, passed away on Monday (January 25, 2016) at 10:01am at his home after a 10 year courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma.

Per Ron’s wishes he will be cremated and no services. The family will receive friends and family between 1-3pm on Saturday (January 30, 2016) at 16 Norbloom Avenue, Bloomington.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Illinois Cancer Care 3105 Magory Drive, Bloomington, Illinois 61704.

Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, Illinois is handling arrangements.

Ron was born on October 3, 1952 in Springfield, MN, a son of Jean “Pat” and Aloma Evans Davison. He married Kimberly Moore on September 21, 1986 in Bloomington.

Ron is survived by his wife Kimberly of Bloomington, his father Pat of Daffel, MN, 5 children; Emily (Mark Leluga) Davison of Chicago Heights, IL, Sarah (Brian) Combites of Camp Lejeune, NC, Ellie (Darren) Guess of Nashville, TN, Erin (Greg) Buhl of Rockford, IL and Mike (Emily) Davison of St. Charles, IL, 7 grandchildren; Ella and Brylee Combites, Molly and Grady Guess, Jason, Olivia and Maxwell Buhl, a brother; Rick of Omaha, Neb and a sister; Patsy (Gar) Eigen of Hutchinson, MN, his in-laws; John and Mary Moore and sister-in-law; Becky Moore-Jones (Bobby Jones), nieces and nephews; Tarah, Tracie, Tamie, Corey, Rick, Jack and Reece.

He is preceded in by his mother and a brother Mike.

Ron graduated from Springfield High School in Springfield, MN in 1970 and was drafted by the Minnesota Twins Minor League Baseball Team.

Ron moved to Bloomington to open/manage the Foot Locker Store in Eastland Mall, he later worked at Barker/Olds/Cadillac and Leman’s Chevy City as a service adviser. In his leisure time Ron loved to golf, hunt and fish.

The family would like to especially thank Dr. Kumar, Nancy Irwin and all the wonderful nurses and staff at Illinois Cancer Care for all their care and support throughout the years.

Online condolences may be made to www.beckmemorial.com

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Peter Eugene Throckmorton

Peter ThrockmortonPeter Eugene Throckmorton, PhD (organic chemistry) of Bloomington, Illinois passed away at age 88 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington on Monday (January 18, 2016) at 5pm.

Peter was a retired Senior Research Chemist. Peter was preceded by his mother, Carla Margaret Throckmorton and his grandmother, Anna Strim, and his beloved wife, Phyllis Throckmorton, a retired Assistant State Auditor.

He is survived by his three children; Ann Marie, Peter and Carla (Robert) and three grandchildren; Jason, Tristan and Michael.

Peter enjoyed reading a wide range of science and world news, with memberships including American Chemical Society Emeritus, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.

Peter was a model train enthusiast and he wanted to be remembered as a loving husband and father.

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Ernest E. “Ernie” Adams Sr.

ErnestAdamsErnest E. “Ernie” Adams Sr., 83, of Bloomington died at 8:34 PM on Saturday January 16, 2016 at his residence with his wife and son Ernest Jr. by his side.

There will be no service for Ernest. Cremation rites have been accorded. Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling arrangements.

He was born on February 23, 1932 in West Frankfort, IL Raymond Hubert and Effie Lee Adams. He married Joyce Wright on July 9, 1963 in Bloomington. They enjoyed 52 years of marriage together. She survives. He is also survived by his son Ernest (Sherry) Jr. of Virginia Beach, VA and his daughter Tina (Pete Roberts) Adams of Renton, WA, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by 5 brothers and one sister as well as his parents.

Ernest worked hard all his life from his early years as a limo driver to years of work at Beer Nuts and finally worked in maintenance at State Farm where he retired in 1981. He was an avid reader as anyone who knew him could attest. Harry Potter books brought him great joy.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Dolores C. Murray

DoloresMurraywebsiteDolores C. Murray, 86, of Bloomington died at 2:39 PM on Monday January 11, 2016 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal.

There will be a funeral service for Dolores on Saturday January 16, 2016 at Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington at Noon. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Reverend Christian Johnson will officiate. Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling arrangements.

Dolores was born on August 10, 1929 in Rockford to Lee and Etta Saathoff Wolfe. She married Paul R. Murray on August 22, 1948 in Rockford. He preceded her in death on November 6, 1997. She was also preceded in death by one brother Charles Wolfe.

She is survived by her children, Russell (Jean) Murray of Bloomington, Caroline (Darrell) Winterland of Colfax, Larry (Susie) Murray of Forsyth, Raymond (John Shull) Murray of Lannon, WI, nine grandchildren, Brandon (Heather) Murray, Lisa (Todd) Jumper, Justin (Lindsay) Murray, Carrie (Bill) Hoffman, Ronald Murray, Paul Murray, Kyle (Ali) Murray, Chad (Stephanie) Murray, Phillip Murray, fourteen great-grandchildren and one brother Beverly Lee Wolfe of LaVerne, California.

Dolores worked from 1975-1999 at Bergner’s in Bloomington and retired as the manager of the Men’s Department. She was also a Girl Scout Leader for many years and was a member of Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association.

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George Frederick Aspbury

GeorgeAspburyGeorge Frederick Aspbury, 72 of Normal, Illinois passed away on Sunday (January 3, 2016) at 6:57pm at his home.

A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date. Cremation rites will be accorded. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a local animal shelter of choice. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.

George was born on May 8, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of George V. and Ethel Landolt Aspbury. He married Carol Joynt on December 27, 1965 in Birmingham, Michigan.

George is survived by his wife Carol, his two children; George Adam (Michelle) Aspbury of Ellsworth and Andrea (Caitlin Gabor) Aspbury of Austin, Texas, grandchildren; Susanna Aspbury, Elizabeth Aspbury, Annika Aspbury Gabor and George Elek Aspbury-Gabor and his sister; Joan Howell of East Sandwich, Massachusetts. He was preceded in death by his parents.

George received his Bachelors, Masters and PHD from the University of Michigan. He taught for 30 years at Illinois State University in the Geography and Geology Department. He was instrumental in developing the GIS program at ISU. He retired in 2000.

George loved woodworking, building furniture, music, golfing and teaching at ISU. He was a stained glass craftsman and established a studio and workshop in Bloomington. He especially enjoyed spending time with his four grandchildren. He enjoyed traveling and took many trips to Spain and Portugal, where he and his wife lived for a year. He loved spending time at the home he built on Lake Michigan in Manistee, Michigan.

He loved his wife, his family and his Labrador Retrievers Annie and Heidi.

An Open House for family and friends will be held from 1-6pm on Sunday, January 10th at his home.

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Warren Linton Brown

Warren Linton Brown, 93, of Bloomington died at 8:50 a.m. Friday (Jan. 1, 2016) at McLean County Nursing Home in Normal.

Service: 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Brian Vasquenz will officiate.

Memorials: Charity of the donor’s choice.

Survivors: One son, Donald (Nenita) Brown, Bloomington; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

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Allen Lee Franks

allen franksAllen Lee Franks, 60, of Bloomington died at 1:24 AM on Wednesday December 30, 2015 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center with his family by his side.

There will be a memorial service to celebrate Allen’s life held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling the arrangements.

Allen was born January 28, 1955 in Bloomington to Paul E. and Betty Green Franks. He was preceded in death by his father and one brother Spencer Franks.  He is survived by his mother Betty of Bloomington, his four brothers Randy (Lisa) Franks, Curtis (Janet) Franks, Tim (Charlotte) Franks, Joey (Patty Abfalder) Franks, and three sisters, Leslie (Dennis) Forrest, Penny (Brad) Taylor and Jennifer (Mike) Quimby all of Bloomington.

Allen was a great bowler, loved fishing and camping, and also enjoyed his many nieces and nephews, food and family. He was a bartender and cook at the Elks Lodge in Bloomington for many years.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation.

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